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One third of my life is over and here’s how I plan to celebrate it

Me and my bestie Janine in Thailand celebrating my 21st birthday. Chang beer... worst hangover of my life.

Me and my bestie Janine in Thailand celebrating my 21st birthday. Chang beer… worst hangover of my life.

In nine days, one third of my life will be over. (Yes, I plan to live to at least 90.)

The big 3-0 birthday has been troubling me ever since I turned 29. I hear life is better in your thirties, but I suppose it could be the whole you’re-getting-older-and-can’t-drink-wine-like-you-used-to-on-a-saturday-night thing that bugs me the most about this birthday. I also think it’s because I’m not where I thought I’d be at 30.

This comes up for me pretty much every time I catch up with friends and family at parties or over coffee. I get to hear about upcoming nuptials or babies on the way, which is all lovely and awesome and I’m genuinely excited and happy for them… but then when they ask what I’ve been up to, even after I excitedly describe my new business and my blog and recent fitness magazine article, the next question is always, “So, are you living with your boyfriend yet? Are you going to have a family?” followed by a sympathetic look and a complete change of subject. (more…)

Looking to get fit in 2015? Join Koru Personal Training’s January Fresh Start Challenge!

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’ll know I don’t like New Year’s resolutions or diving in head-first to some new diet trend or fitness program and giving up all your vices cold turkey. Most of us are back to our old ways by February, and feel crappy that we failed our resolutions yet again.

I’m more a fan of setting goals or intentions for the year, and then setting smaller SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals to help get me there. If one of your goals is to improve your health, fitness level and nutrition knowledge this year, I’m hosting a month-long online fitness challenge over on Koru Personal Training’s Facebook page for the super reasonable price of $20!

From January 1-31, clients will participate in weekly fitness, nutrition and mindfulness challenges under my guidance to help start 2015 off on the right foot. An exercise program tailored to all levels with video instruction will be provided, as well as basic nutrition guidelines and meal plans, support, accountability and encouragement. Participants in the challenge group are also encouraged to share their progress and help motivate others — the more you engage and participate in each challenge and with each other, the more entries you will get to enter to win a Polar Loop ($100 value)! The group will also be private, so I encourage all participants to share as much as they feel comfortable sharing with others in the group.

I did a free pilot fitness group on Facebook for three weeks in November with about 13 people, and they all really enjoyed the challenge and loved the accountability and support.

If this is something you want to be a part of in January, head on over to Koru Personal Training’s Facebook page, “Like” the page and go here to fill out the registration form. More payment details will come later.

What are your biggest health, fitness or wellness challenges/habits you would like to tackle in 2015?

#FitFashion Friday Feature: Some Product running and yoga pants from Breathe Athletic

IMG_4873Last weekend I had the pleasure of testing some new ethically produced, locally made yoga and running tights from Breathe Athletic here in Victoria BC. I’ve you’ve never shopped at Breathe, you must — owner Stephanie Hinton sources the most beautiful yoga, fitness and lifestyle apparel for women, all of it made in North America and/or produced ethically and sustainably where possible. Can’t get to her store? Don’t worry — she also sells her product lines online through her website at breatheathletic.com.

But on to the pants! I took this pair of tights from Some Product out for a chilly trail run.

 

 

 

 

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One thing I loved right away about these pants (aside from the eye-popping “Blue Equestrian” print, made-in-Vancouver tag and gorgeous imported Italian — yes, Italian — fabric) was their slight compression-like feeling. (more…)

#FitFashion Friday Feature: Sustainable outdoor fashion by Nau

If you’ve ever been to Portland, Oregon (or Vancouver Island, for that matter), you’ll notice an eclectic mix of outdoor wear (think Gortex and hiking boots), hippy threads (ponchos, pantaloons and Cowichan sweaters), hipster garb (tight pants, boat shoes, plaid shirts, toques, grandpa sweaters) and various spandex attire meant for yoga, running or cycling. I wouldn’t call it fashion-forward, but I would say the clothing definitely fits the environment and how we function in it. Luckily, there is one company based in beautiful Portland, Oregon that manages to make our west coast sense of style… stylish.

Nau makes beautiful functional clothing for both men and women that’s perfectly suited for our urban-yet-wild, sometimes-rainy-hardly-snowy environment. Not only do they use sustainable fabrics like recycled polyester, wool and organic cotton, but also donate 2 per cent of every sale to a partner organization of your choice. Which is awesome and very considerate of them, considering most of us on the west coast are like this: (more…)

I Mustache Ask You a Question…

492_23_11_12_9_16_071I was tagged by the lovely Rachel of bettylivin.com to answer a questionnaire that’s been floating around the health and wellness blogosphere recently. It feels like a Facebook note circa 2009!

1. Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  • Bri (my real name is Brianne)
  • Breezy
  • Brian (when they read my real name out loud and think I’m a dude… hence going by “Bri”
  • Brie cheese

2. Four jobs I have had:

  • Barista
  • Visitor Information Councellor
  • Marketing, social media and communications associate for a local resort management company
  • Communication and events coordinator for a local triathlon series
3. Four movies I have watched more than once:
  • Moulin Rogue
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Love Actually
  • All Indiana Jones movies (except for the 4th one… it sucked.)
4. Four Books I recommend:
  • Ishmael (the book that turned me into a vegetarian)
  • Life of Pi (such a beautiful story)
  • Jitterbug Perfume (My favourite book by Tom Robbins — the king of the metaphor)
  • Born to Run (for obvious reasons!)

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Stuff you should read Saturday: Secret meth and other scary stuff in dietary supplements, does weight loss really matter and my first fitness magazine article!

sysrsHappy Saturday! I hope you’re either still cozy and warm in bed browsing through your social feeds on your tablet with a domesticated animal curled up at your feet or having coffee in your kitchen, getting caught up on all the latest on the Internets and enjoying a hearty breakfast. Or, you know, socializing with your loved ones. But then you wouldn’t be reading this awesome collection of articles, would you? Here are a few gems from this week:

Can you be overweight and healthy? – Chicago Tribune
A great piece by James Fell in the Chicago Tribune this morning. Though I tell my clients to ignore the scale for the most part and measure their progress by how much better they feel and move, it’s still important to consider actual health markers, such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure, to determine just how “healthy” you are. So can you have excess body fat and still be healthy?

“‘When you look at it from all angles,’ Katz said, ‘the conclusion you reach is that an excess of body fat is inevitably harmful.’ The problem, specifically with abdominal obesity, is that it infiltrates the organs. ‘Especially the liver, which interferes with insulin metabolism. Then the pancreas pours out extra insulin, and it creates a self-generating cascade that leads directly to diabetes and increased cardiac risk.’ He spoke of research showing an increased risk for most forms of cancer as well.”

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#FitFashion Friday Feature: West coast winter workout gear essentials

wcwwgeLiving on an island off the west coast of beautiful British Columbia definitely has its perks. The ocean surrounds us, the wilderness here is beautiful, there are plenty of places to explore for hours on end without seeing another human being, and the weather here is never too extreme. That means year-round outdoor adventures and not having to spend the winter cooped up in a gym to stay fit and healthy.

Even though we hardly get any snow here at sea level and the temperature rarely drops below -1°C, outdoor enthusiasts still have to consider the elements when exercising outside during the winter months. Here are a few key pieces of apparel us northern west-coasters should add to our workout wardrobe for winter: (more…)

So I finally went for a run yesterday…

I think this was from early in the race as I don't look like I'm dying yet.

I think this was from early in the race as I don’t look like I’m dying yet.

It’s been two whole weeks since the marathon. One week of complete rest and two weeks of no running.

I’ll admit, the whole not-running part has been a welcomed break. Though my foot didn’t hurt after the race and I didn’t end up breaking anything (thankfully), I can tell my body needed a break. The pads of my feet were actually quite sore, and my legs just felt tired and achy.

Of course, after a week of doing nothing, I got tired of sitting around and jumped right back in to weight training, picking up where I left off before taper.

Bad idea.

I definitely lost a lot of strength, and a workout that wouldn’t have cause any DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) before caused me to hobble around for days. For DAYS. At least I know my programmed workouts are effective 🙂 (more…)

I DID IT! I qualified for the Boston Marathon!

I can't walk... but I did it!

I can’t walk… but I did it!

Holy crap — I did it!

Somehow, despite an ambiguous foot injury and a head cold that made life miserable during the last week of taper leading up the the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon on Sunday, I managed to squeak under the Boston Marathon qualifying time for my age group by a minute. I finished the race in 3:33:57 without breaking my foot, vomiting, or going down in a blaze of glory and ending up in the medical tent. Yes I felt horrible, yes I felt like vomiting, and yes my legs felt like they could give out at any minute. But I wasn’t going to give up; I had already made up my mind I’d be running as hard as I could and finishing the race, injury or sick or whatever. There was no way I wasn’t going to try. Not with a BQ that close. (more…)

Koru Personal Training Giveaway!

giveawayMy Koru Personal Training Facebook page has reached 100 likes, so to celebrate this milestone I’m hosting a little giveaway!

The prize:

The contest is open from October 5 to October 27. I will announce the winner via Facebook and/or Twitter, so make sure you’re following/like Koru Personal Training on Facebook and following @korufitness on Twitter!

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